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tv   The Travel Show  BBC News  March 3, 2018 5:30am-6:01am GMT

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the headlines: the eu and canada have pledged counter—measures after donald trump announced tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium. mr trump said trade wars can be good, because the us is losing billions of dollars from existing deals. the international monetary fund has joined global condemnation of the plan. the united nations top human rights official says it's likely war crimes are being committed in the syrian region of eastern ghouta and there must be prosecutions. hundreds have been killed in the rebel—held enclave in the past 12 days. despite the un calling for a ceasefire, the violence hasn't stopped. severe weather is bringing chaos to large parts of europe. at least 60 people have died in sub—zero temperatures. let's return to the snow that's brought chaos to much of the uk. amid the misery this week for many — stuck in cars, on trains, struggling into work —
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there've also been stories of great heroism and of those who've gone out of their way to come to the aid of others. sarah campbell reports. an out—of—control car ends up on the wrong side of this edinburgh road. a collision seems inevitable. no, no, no, no! that it didn't happen is thanks to the quick reactions of the bus driver. to me, it looks worse on the video than i felt at the time. i did get a fright, but i managed to avoid it, luckily, and then i got on with myjob after that. i totally forgot all about it until i got home and my husband asked me if i had seen this video. he didn't know it was me that was driving. born in balgedie, fife. despite the village being all but cut off, midwives made it to the mum to help with the delivery and local farmers cleared the roads to get both mum and baby safely to hospital. and stranded drivers on the ai in northumberland were treated
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to cream cakes and muffins, handed out by a fellow motorist who happened to be a delivery driver for greggs. in birmingham, this businessman paid for 12 hotel rooms, which he then offered to homeless people. you can't expect people to be out in that, it's life—threatening, really. so i just thought, for the sake of £15, £20, it gets a few people off the streets. and stuck in skegness without an event to go to, the bbc‘s concert orchestra offered their services as a wedding gift to fellow hotel guests on their big day. when they started, it took your breath away. oh, yeah. very unexpected. amid freezing temperatures, the warmth of human kindness has resonated. sarah campbell, bbc news. warms the cockles.
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now on bbc news, the travel show. this week on the travel show, i am in norway, because i have heard of what must be one of the world's most unique music festivals, where the stage and the instruments are made of ice. so, i am taking the chance to head off from oslo to bergen on a musicaljourney on one of the world's most spectacular railways. i'm going to look deep into norway's routes, trying to get a sense of how this country's landscapes, culture, and society are brought to life by its music. —— roots. at first, i start my trip in norway's capital of
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oslo. and on the oslo waterfront, a reformation has been taking place. a big part of that was the spectacular building, the oslo opera house. it celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and is a symbol of this city's commitment to the arts. so it is a perfect place to hear some traditional norwegian goat horn. playing horn. that is so good! thank you! it is amazing that such a variety of sounds come out of such a simple instrument. yes, it is quite simple, as you see. it is a bone, and it is a goat's corn, all at the wrong way, this way. actually, it was not made for making music. the
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shepherds had it to keep the and bears away. so this was a warning. this is not pretty music! yes, not many melodies are written down, as we know, but some. would you say there is something unique riding through norwegian music, and waiters come from? nature gives me a loss of power and a lot of inspiration to make music. we are quite isolated. still, there are people who do this, try to make their own voice. 50 i am about to head off through the country to bergen, listening to music along the way. it is there a member should be listening out for? is there something should be paying attention to? try to find some folk music, some singers, and also go to
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small clubs. look for the small spots. there are people working all over the place. so now! have my mission, there is a train to catch. joining me for the first part of my trip isjan, a joining me for the first part of my trip is jan, a fanatic joining me for the first part of my trip isjan, a fanatic and a man who wrote a book on the bogans violence. why did you write this big long book all about this railway? —— bergensbanen. the bergensbanen is iconic in norway and in europe, i think. many people know the name and know what they will see when the come here. along its 308 miles, the trend never gets challenging but starting to rain. at its peak of over 1200 metres, it is one of your‘s highest railways, before it descends steeply into norway's second city of jan.
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descends steeply into norway's second city ofjan. it descends steeply into norway's second city of jan. it is elemental landscape pose a huge challenge, and an engineering triumph for those working on the rail during its construction, between 1894 and 1909, with about 20 people thought to have died in the process. at a time when norway's independence was always on the horizon, that the construction of the bergensbanen was more than an added convenience for travellers. this line connected the east and the western pa rt of this line connected the east and the western part of norway. before that, people had to go around and take boats by the sea, or small horse roads, through the mountains. so the trends were opening at norway. the construction work was darted in 1898, and at that time, we were admin by sweden, and they did not like this at all, because they thought it could be used for military purpose. so this is a sign of norwegian strength, that maybe
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was not an approved of? you could say that. so in a way, this is a symbol for the founding of the norwegian nation. yes. all this makes it special. you can't find this in other lines. this is what norway is. as jan ridges to stop, i settle in. three and a half hours from oslo, i pull into this town. but it is not my destination. —— reaches his stop. this town usually features the eyes busy festival. but onago features the eyes busy festival. but on a go upwards, almost 500 metres higher, to the new home of finse. —— the ice music festival. you really
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feel and see it in the air. it is cold here. and it is this cold, the icy conditions and the elevation, that led explorers like shackleton to train here before going on there at expeditions. word is today will reach a low of —23 celsius tonight. soi reach a low of —23 celsius tonight. so i should write up. —— rug up. what makes this festival extra special is that the instruments are actually made on the day, from nearby ice. among the line—up this
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year is everything from ice horns to ice drums, and ice didgeridoos. the concert is only hours away, and here you are making the instruments. this has to be an unusual thing for a musician. for me it is not. for most musicians it is. good sending ice is the most difficult part. you cannot just go to your freezer. you cannot go to the next lake. ice is like wine — there are good years and bad yea rs. wine — there are good years and bad years. so why ice? what inspired this festival? it is nearly 20 years as the first time i tried eyes. and i found the sound so fantastically beautiful. —— ice. with this water, you can drink it after the concert.
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all we can do is give it back to nature, where it belongs, and also, theice nature, where it belongs, and also, the ice reminds me that we need to treat ice so gentle not to break it. it is like how we treat nature. why is this happening in norway, in particular, aside from all the ice? at it one of the reasons we can do this in norway is that we are very lucky that we have for many years at a government that was to support music. this makes it possible for a musician like me to work with contemporary improvised music, to survive, to be even be able to build a house that they buy a house. it allows me to experiment. —— that i have been able to buy a house. what is this? this is an ice-aphone. the
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sound is phenomenal. do you like it? that is lovely. anyjedi could have a go? very carefully. -- any chance i could have a go. i also will demonstrate no ability. you may as given to a child. absolutely. it works? this is great! -- you may as well give it to a child. but one of the biggest challenges are putting on this festival is the construction of the venue itself. and ice concert hall. —— mandatory. and ice concert hall. —— mandatory. and this professor oversees the
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construction. he and his students have battled conditions for six days to create a solid structure. —— an ice. each day's work has resulted in disaster. we started with plan a and ended up with plan y. because every day, you know, it is like you're climbing wall, slippery, and full—back down again. next day you start again. —— finse. but that is how it is and that is the challenge. you need to work with the forces, because you can never beat them. —— fall back. when we work with them, you know, it is like having a good friend. it seems lead your team is working very, very hard. good luck. we will see how it works out. we
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just need to see how it goes. we have some hours left. 50 as evening approaches, the finishing touches are fast being made around the site. i really like it because it is kind of the sound of nature. so it doesn't sound like anything else you have ever heard. so people are really surprise when they hear it for the first time. you don't get to practise, so the music gets made on stage in front of the audience, and that israeli special. many people are like, what, is this possible? that is critical. —— and that is really special. i guess there is a lot of folk music on it. it is very nordic, with the ice and the snow at
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the cold winters. just in the nick of time, we gather for it to make an evening of ice music. -- we gather foran evening of ice music. -- we gather for an evening of ice music. cheering and applause that was amazing. such a bonkers
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sound scape and amazing to think that although were made from rice. it is also an interesting way to experience the landscape of norway, freezing cold with a full moon overhead. i am frozen through. it is time to head in. next morning, the festival continues without me as i returned to the bergensbanen for the next part of my journey. travelling on this stretch of the line, you start to appreciate the vast landscapes that this country has to offer. and i cannot imaginea country has to offer. and i cannot imagine a better way of experiencing them than this.
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morning by greig plays well, my train has arrived at its destination but my musicaljourney across norway is not yet finished a close i am in bergen, a cultural hotspot and a great way to experience the great musical heritage of norway. edvard grieg, norway is pot most
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well loved composer. here, a museum to him has preserved and restored the grounds where he wants worked. —— once worked. the grounds where he wants worked. -- once worked. you can see now we will enter the house and this is the main entrance. this year will be a milestone for the mad as it will be 150 yea rs milestone for the mad as it will be 150 years since he wrote his famous piano concerto. he really was an appreciated composer in his lifetime. we know that in great britain he was one of the most popular living composers in his time. the second part of the 19th century
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was going together with all of this national movement in norway and norway was, by then, a country together with sweden with one king living in sweden and he found very young and fresh style and i think that built upon those dance rhythms and folk music elements in his bigger compositions. he looked upon folk songs as something universal. they survive from generation to generation and if you slip through the board as you can find the same in folk music. and some of the folk music that inspired him can still be
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heard today. one of the best ways to experience it is with dance. this dance company performs contemporary dance company performs contemporary dance all the way around norway and beyond that is inspired by nature and traditional norwegian folk roots. they have agreed to show me some of the traditional elements shared ina some of the traditional elements shared in a traditional dance. the dance is mostly a show off lands. 100 years ago women or also did that dance. it is mostly boys or men doing the dance because we want to. we want to impress the other men 01’ women. to. we want to impress the other men or women. put your right foot in front of the left. side words. believe me, this is harder than it looks. and if you jump a little on each step one, two. yes. nice? and
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then around. i think! am each step one, two. yes. nice? and then around. i think i am getting hang of it. one, two, one, two. and then we can come down here. no! so what is the relationship between the dance and the music? the fiddle is oui’ dance and the music? the fiddle is our national instrument. some people say the fiddle, the music came because of the dance and some say it was the other way. i think they depend on each other. for me and for many it is very important to use the music dancing and the music makes me wa nt to music dancing and the music makes me want to do suddenly some steps and everything. it is life. nothing planned, it is just everything. it is life. nothing planned, it isjust happening. nice! backin
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planned, it isjust happening. nice! back in the old days they used the ceilings to kick down a coin or keep their heels. they kicked the ceiling? the houses were smaller backin ceiling? the houses were smaller back in those days. in the 1800s the military started competitions to try and kick a hat from a stick and it was about who could kick the highest. and then it was incorporated in the dance. so we do it as incorporated in the dance. so we do itasa incorporated in the dance. so we do it as a part of the dance and, of course, it must be a good kick and the higher it is, the better it is. everyone in norway, i think if i say the name of the drams, they think of kicking the hat, that it is the man —— mangold. at the dance is the main goal, kicking the hat is just topping it. —— they think that
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kicking the hat is the main goal. finally, i wanted to get a sense of where all of this is leading. in a former meat factory a short walk from the city centre, it serves as a venue from the city centre, it serves as a venue and melting pot for artists of all types in the city. this creative hub is home to the studios of electronic, just, hip—hop and many other types of music and it is where much of norway's future music is being thrashed out. these days especially there is some new mixing of old traditions with very new electronic and experimental music.
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this man has a studio here and played saxophone in tonight ‘s big. " gig- played saxophone in tonight ‘s big. -- gig. tonight we play with a guitar player. it is ambient experimental something, you know. i think it has a lot to do with the size of the city you in urban. only a few people play things so you have to co—operate. —— city here again. bergen i feel like i have rediscovered this place through its music. it is a country constantly inspired by nature. in treasures its traditions but is not afraid to look forward. where artist are free to
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experiment and supported as a crucial part of society and were distinctive sounds can be found in the smallest of communities. is the bergensbanen showed me norway's muscle its music has shown me its heart and soul. hello again. there is not as much snow falling now and attention turns to the icy conditions. it is still quite treacherous out there for many of us. gradually over the weekend we should slowly see it turn milder, less cold from the south. there will still be a wintry mix of rain, sleet and some snow. that really cold air with high
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pressure across scandinavia and siberian winds, that has moved away. instead, our weather will be coming in from areas of low pressure spinning to the south of the uk. ahead of that we still have the cold easterly wind for a while across scotland but gradually we will replace it with something a little less cold from the south or south—west. but still bring a wintry mix nevertheless. that is what we have at the moment. it is still cold out there, still frosty at the moment with a widespread frost and given the snow cover and some snow falling in places as well as that earlier freezing rain it will be very icy indeed. as we move through saturday there is still snow falling for awhile across northern england and northern ireland. that peters out. north of that, snow showers in scotland on that cold easterly wind. the winds are lighter to the south with some sunshine and wet weather developing in the south. focused towards the south—west and into wales, mostly rain but some snow over the hills of wales. at least those temperatures are just getting above freezing. still cold but possibly six or seven across southern parts of england. this is where we have the focus of the wettest weather on saturday evening.
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rain for the most part but there will be snow over the hills of wales, developing through the midlands over the peak district and onto the pennines as that wetter weather moves north. we still have some cold air around, maybe some frost and some icy patches are quite likely as well. that wintry mix of rain, sleet and mostly hill snow across northern england will move slowly northwards into southern scotland, still some snow showers in the far north of the country. to the south, a bit of sunshine perhaps but not lasting long because we will get these areas of heavy rain developing across parts of wales and then a little snow over the high ground. it is mostly rain. quite heavy in fact. temperatures are about eight or nine degrees. the northern half of the uk reaching for five, not warm but better than it has been. these weather fronts continue to push their way northwards. everything spinning around areas of low pressure to the south and south—west of the uk. the wind, we lose that easterly and the wind will be lighter. there will be sunshine
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in the outlook. temperatures will be better than they have been. not warm yet, those numbers are below average for this time of year. sunshine, but also some showers. hello, this is breakfast, with tina daheley and charlie stayt. snow, ice and strong winds continue to cause major travel disruption. in south—east london, police were called after people stuck on trains, started jumping on to the tracks. overnight volunteers in devon helped transport staff and patients to hospital through the snow. and after the big freeze, flooding hits parts of the south—west. good morning, it's saturday 3 march. also this morning: facing up to "some hard facts "— the prime minister says neither side will get everything they want
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from brexit but argues the uk and eu are close to a deal on transition.
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